A regular podcast series about place and space in the ancient Roman Empire.
“I found Rome built of sun-dried bricks; I leave her clothed in marble.” - Augustus.
Venta Silurum was a city on the western fringes of Roman Britannia, established to integrate the conquered tribes of the Silures. Its ruins are found on the grounds of the welsh town of Caerwent, where modern buildings are side by side with the Roman archaeology.
Guest: Dr Peter Guest (Vianova Archaeology).
The Library of Hadrian
Hadrian loved Greece, and part of his grand plan involved making his mark on the city of Athens. The library he built on the north side of the Acropolis was just one of his building projects, and a contribution to the culture he so admired.
Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Head of the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University).
Salona was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and sits along the coast of the Adriatic on the banks of the river Jadro. It is strongly associated with early Christianity, and is now the largest archaeological site in Croatia.
Guest: Dr Christopher Gribbin (Adjunct Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).
Melite was an ancient Roman settlement on the site of M’Dina in modern Malta. A small island in the middle of the mediterranean, Malta was in the path of wars and trade routes throughout the classical period, and we’re only just beginning to learn what it mean to live in Roman Malta.
Guest: Robert Brown (PHD candidate in archaeology, Australian National University, and managing director of the Melite Civitas Romana Project).
Palmyra is an ancient ruined city in modern Syria, long known for its place in the Roman empire and strongly influenced by Persian and Hellenistic cultures.
In modern times it has been associated with the major destruction by the Islamic State, and there are currently hopes for its restoration.
Guest: Dr Peter Edwell (Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University).
Augustus of Prima Porta
Augustus of Prima Porta is a colossal statue of Augustus, and shows the Emperor dressed in military garb and addressing his troops. It was found in the Villa of Livia, and is one of the most impressive imperial statues you can see today.
Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University).
Quality material and presentation!
Great historical podcast
Love the podcast keep it up!!
I love this podcast. The description of the Largo Argentina,(Pompey’s Theatre) was especially compelling. I’ve been there, and to actually be at the site of Julius Caesar’s assassination was astounding; it brings history to life. The podcast’s description was perfect, down to the cats, which are everywhere! Matt and his guests are the next best thing to being there. Thank You